Slowing down spotlight thieves

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 15:13
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The other day there was a post about driving lights being relocated by persons unknown.

We all know you can't stop this but you can slow them down if it is an opportunistic theft.

Here is how I slow them down. The bell is made of a piece of stainless tube with piece end cut from a bit of flat s/s using a holesaw. I then welded the flat to the tube and cleaned up the weld, after that the 6mm hole was increase to 9mm to take the driving light bolts. Cost me nothing as I had the s/s laying around. Exhaust tube and mild steel would be fine.

I use 2 nuts, one hex nut and then an anti theft locknut. This stops them being able to get a pair of multi grips onto the anti theft nut.

Have used these for a few years one my HID driving lights.
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Reply By: Member - Legendts - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 16:43

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 16:43
Excellent idea and takes it one step further than the anti theft nuts which I have as well.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 17:23

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 17:23
What we do is replace all the bolts with socket head cap screws and nyloks with loctite.

As you said the longer it takes them the better.
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:01

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:01
I buy cheap lights that give out a reasonable spread instead of the $800 that many people spend.
Mine look good which is important but if someone wnats them they have poor taste.
I don't drive that much at night anyway what with the livestock wanting to share the road as well.

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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 20:57

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 20:57
Great idea Rockape. I will try that one myseft. What stops them taking the other bolt out and pinching the light without the mount ?
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:09

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:09
Alby,
To start with that photo is of a work light I have. It doesn't show the anti theft nut as they are on my HId's .

You can't take the bolt out at all because the light sits on top of it. It just slows people down when they decide your lights are easy to remove.

They can always remove your bullbar if they really want the lights or remove your vehicle.

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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:11

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:11
Shhh! Don't give the crooks any free ideas!

Also, what use is a driving light without a base to someone whom has absolutely no use for it start with beyond flogging it at Cash Converters?

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:31

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:31
Fair enough RA, I have Lightforce XGT 's so have that problem. I was thinking of putting a dab of weld in the thread but I like your idea better.

Geoff some of those thieves aren't real bright, I have had cordless tools pinched with the battery and charger on the bench next to them left behind.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:44

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 at 21:44
We beat them on the HK Kingswood back in the 60's by setting the lights back into holes cut in the grill. Luckily the 100 series has an excellent set of dual headlights as standard that suit our style of driving. No need to fit extras.

I saw a video not long ago advertiing a dash cam on youtube or somewhere. When a young twit stole the covers the driver replayed the video and saw the kid just around the corner. Got him and also got the covers back!!! These cameras can be set to start when there is any movement. They don't stop the thieves but at least you may be able to identify who did it. We also have a video camera on the windscreen that runs whenever the accessory power is on and then for another 15 minutes after it is switched off.

Best of luck.

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 09:43

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 09:43
Is that at the bottom of Warragamba Dam?

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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 09:49

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 09:49
Spot on. The only good photo of the car. Never was one for taking photos. Shame. I even had to "photoshop" the drivers door to make it look shut. Not a good photographer either.

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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 21:21

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 at 21:21
Lived at Luddenham in the 70's and 80's and the kids were young we would go there for picnics. Bents Basin was also popular! I know what you mean about photos as I was also at the back of the que when they were handing out photography skills hahahaha. Like the front spoiler which was pretty cool in its time.

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